Mindful university

The research project "Mindful Higher Education Darmstadt" aims to develop, implement and
examine a concept based on a systemic approach for the fields of action "students and group of students", "teachers and group of teachers", "organisation and processes" and "culture and
leadership". The measures to promote resilience and mindfulness are holistically oriented towards the university system.

Measures are being developed and evaluated that will also review and realign operational
processes and organisational structures from the perspective of a "Mindful University". Further measures are oriented towards "the development of culture and the development of leadership culture" at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. The new methods and approaches will be
embedded and evaluated for students in existing and supplementary teaching and training events.


Project information

Teachers should be enabled, trained and supported to implement the attitude, concepts and methods / instruments of mindful teaching in their teaching. Likewise, employees should be
sensitised and qualified with regard to a mindful attitude and a mindful approach within the framework of their tasks and activities.

Renewal of the teaching, learning and educational culture at universities under the impression of the massively changed framework conditions in a VUCA world and the strongly disruptive and transformative developments in society is being examined. Mindfulness and resilience play a key role in current concepts of human and organisational development and are also considered
so-called "future competencies".

The first Mindfulness Day at the h_da took place on Saturday, 30 April 2022 at the campus in Dieburg.

This was the first opportunity to get to grips with mindfulness and resilience in a compact way. Students, employees and managers were able to conduct their first mindfulness training sessions.

Teachers had the opportunity to be trained as "mindful university teachers" in order to
incorporate the topic into their courses and establish it as a fixed component.

Status: ongoing

Duration: 01.10.2022 - 31.12.2023

Funded by: AOK - The Health Insurance Fund in Hesse

Project partners: Cooperation with the nationwide initiative "Mindful University" and the Safety and Environment Department (SiUm) of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Website: Mindful University Darmstadt

Project information

Duration: 2022 - 2023

Project management:

Prof. Dr Lars Rademacher and Prof. Dr Werner Stork